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  • Exciting News, Finally!

    Deli case

     by Randy Kemner                 Last March on these pages, I told you about the imminent arrival of our new Hussmann deli case.  Only it didn’t arrive on schedule.  Instead, I was told, the wrong case had been built and furthermore, it would be six more weeks before the right model would arrive. Imagine the frustration I felt.  All the […]

  • Blowback

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    by Randy Kemner       Blowback:  an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions.–Miriam Webster Dictionary Last month, winery owner Brian Talley told a story to those assembled at The Wine Country to meet him and to taste his beautiful Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.  According to Talley, a restaging of the famous “Judgment of Paris” 1976 […]

  • Tales of Misplaced Perceptions

    Wagyu

    by Randy Kemner           Research has shown that people often enjoy wine they wouldn’t like as much in a blind tasting just by being told it’s expensive. Yet expensive wine often disappoints us because of unfulfilled expectations.  Expectation is a complicated business. A few years ago I brought out a good bottle of wine to share with Jim and Rose Witt, our long […]